This ectomycorrhizal species is strictly associated with Nothofagus and is only known from a single collection in the Aysen region of Chile.
This species occurs in Nothofagus forest in the Aysen region of Chile.
Geomorium furciae is only known from one locality in a Nothofagus dombeyi forest in the Aysen region of Chile (Melimoyu Natural Reserve). This is a conspicuous and easily recognizable species that is not easily overlooked, thus it is most probably very rare. However, there have been few mycological studies in this area compared to other regions of Patagonia, thus other populations may exist.
This ectomycorrhizal species associates exclusively with Nothofagus species in Patagonia. So far it has only been found in an old growth Nothofagus dombeyi forest in the Aysén region of Chile (Melimoyu Natural Reserve).
This species is associated with an increasingly threatened Nothofagus forest. Deforestation and forest fires (intentional and accidental due to drought and climate change) are a growing threat.
The only known locality of Geomorium furciae lies within a protected area (Melimoyu Natural Reserve).
Little is known about the biology of the species (fruiting patterns) as well as its ecology (habitat requirement, host specificity) and functions for his Nothofagus host. Further research is needed in the area to find out whether more populations exist.
No use or trade are known so far.
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